Physical and real-time delineations on the electro-mechanical threshold
Schauer, Sommer Leigh
Master of Architecture
As we increasingly encounter electronic communication and information systems in our everyday environment, we must recognize and critically respond to their impact on built architecture and on our physical and social bodies. The ubiquity of these systems makes location irrelevant and makes it increasingly difficult to locate ourselves perceptually in relation to them. If real space and time are becoming irrelevant, where does that leave us as architects--primarily makers of physical space? The "lag space" and "lag time" (i.e., the physical and real-time byproducts) of these networks may be territory in which we can intervene. I am proposing a field of interventions (using the relationship of Anderson Hall to the campus security system as a case study) delineating the threshold between the physical and the electronic--heightening awareness of one's political, social, and spatial relationship to the system and to the built architecture.